Bushnell Onix400

Bushnell Onix400

The Bushnell Onix400 is a hand held GPS that supports satellite and aerial photography and has subscription access to real-time XM weather and radio. You can store of multiple images at any one time. Then you can layer a satellite photo, topo map, compass, and all navigational aids on a single screen with the TruView Navigation. The Bushnell Onix receivers are the only handheld GPS units on the market that give you this capability. With such simple features, the Bushnell ONIX400 handheld GPS unit is great for hiking and mountain biking.

Some of the other features such as the lighted screen and the 'Durable Rubber Armoring' on the unit is useful as the Onix takes hard drops and bumps but still seems to work great. The rubberized buttons are nice to the touch. In addition, the Safe Track function puts the GPS in an energy conserving sleep mode while still maintaining satellite connection. Choosing this mode gives you 40 hours GPS support.

The different screens are easy enough to navigate. There are times that you may have to think about which screens you may need. With only a few button clicks and toggling, you should find the right screen fairly quickly. However, some of the aerial photo that you download may not be too clear, especially if your area has significant tree cover. The topo maps are adequate for most hikers and bikers.

The feature include the ability to overlay weather data on top of satellite imagery, or even more useful, on top of topographic maps. The data is layered in the display, so you can have your mapping, weather data, routes and a virtual compass all on top of each other on a single screen.

The personal weather technology is the same that is showcased in XM's Infotainment vehicle, but the Bushnell Onix400 packs all that information into a handheld unit. You also are not limited to the weather data of your own location. You can pull up forecast information for a separate location anywhere that is available. The XM NavWeather is $9.95 per month and the XM radio and NavWeather combination is $16.94 per month.

With the micro SD card, the Onix400 will accept multiple images. At first glance this is great, but at $1 per map or photo, 25 for $20, it can get expensive. So you may want to choose the unlimited annual subscription at $79. But after a year you do not own the imagery. You will need to renew your subscription each year to keep downloading images. Based on the layout of the download site, each time you change zoom level, you are charged a different image, thus another map or image. The yearly subscription seems to be the only way to go.

Included With Purchase: Onix 400, AC adapter, 128 micro SD card, earbuds, USB interface cable, US and Canada basemap, owner's manual, Quick-Start guide.

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Specifications for the Bushnell Onix400
Size (inches) 6.7 x 2.5
Weight (ounces) 9
Mapping? Yes, satellite, aerial, and topo
Waterproof? 1 meter for 30 seconds
Display Size (inches)/Color? 3.5 diag./Full Color LCD (320 x 240 pixel)
Battery Type/Life at 70°F Rechargeable lithium ion/30 to 32 hours typical
Antenna Quad Helix
High-Sensitivity Proc. Chip? Yes
No. of Channels 20
Maximum Position Accuracy WAAS-enabled 3 meter
Time to First Fix, warm/cold 15/45 seconds
Number of Waypoints 1000
No. of Routes/Tracking 20/20
Turn-by-Turn on Roads No
Memory 128 micro SD card
PC Compatible? Yes, USB
Electronic Compass? Digital
Altimeter? Yes with three satellites

 

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